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    To optimise and enhance the quality of life for Lower Sunbury residents by all appropriate means Read More
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Welcome to the LOSRA Website

As with any other local neighbourhood, the policies and actions which affect the character and future of Lower Sunbury are generally framed and implemented by a combination of local and national government, along with the vested interests and market forces which operate within those frameworks. Lower Sunbury is by no means unique in being under threat from a creaking infrastructure brought about by rapid urban development, the growth of traffic, and other pressures affecting the quality of life and the character of the area.

Working with the local authorities, we see it as the responsibility of residents’ and amenity groups such as LOSRA to address the underlying issues which fundamentally affect their members’ lives, as well as the minutiae of everyday life with which such groups are often concerned.

Please sign up to receive our regular e-bulletins by subscribing via the facility at the top left hand of this page. It goes without saying that, without your continued support we would cease to function so we urge you to join, or renew your membership now Subscriptions (£5 per household) for 2022 are now payable.

The Council has released the following press release and we are pleased to reproduce it here:

Spelthorne Borough Council is making an urgent appeal to landlords to help fulfil its pledge to house Afghans who have supported the UK in Afghanistan.

Following a meeting of the Community Wellbeing and Housing Committee, we have pledged to resettle up to five families under the Government's Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) scheme. The Council has been working on securing properties to fulfil the scheme and we are asking for landlords to come forward with property offers for the ARAP scheme.

The properties have to be in Spelthorne, a minimum of 3-bedrooms, close to local amenities and have good transport links.

Cllr Sandra Dunn, Chair of the Community Wellbeing and Housing Committee, says: "We are committed to our pledge to resettle five families and we will be working with various local organisations to provide support to the families for up to three years after their arrival - from help with medical needs and arranging education to setting up bank accounts and finding jobs. If you think you could help with a property in Spelthorne, please do consider signing up to the relocation scheme and help these families build a new life in our borough."

Under the scheme, the Council guarantees to pay landlords directly the full market rent for their property for up to two years.

Other benefits include the following:

  • 1 month's rent paid directly in advance
  • 5 weeks repair bond
  • free tenancy agreements provided (including Right To Rent checks)
  • property viewings arranged
  • free inventory service provided by a professional company
  • tenancy training given to tenants
  • a completely free service - no agency fees

Ongoing support for both the landlord and the tenant is available for the duration of the tenancy.

Please contact Samantha King for further details on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01784 446 335.

The cancellation of last year's Christmas Market due to the Covid pandemic was a great disappointment and, with it, the missed opportunity to meet new and existing members.

We are therefore very grateful to the Lower Sunbury Business Community for bringing back the market this Christmas.

The Christmas Market will be held on Thursday 9th December from 5pm - 8pm.

As in previous years, LOSRA will have a stall manned by members of our Committee and we would be very pleased to see you there.

 

 

Monday, 15 November 2021 09:36

"No Rubbish Excuses" says Council

The following notice has been published by the Council and we reproduce it here to alert readers to the proliferation of fly-tipping cowboys who profess to be licensed waste carriers:

"We are reminding householders that you are required to take reasonable steps to check that people removing waste from your premises are authorised to do so.

"On 16 September 2021 Spelthorne Borough Council introduced a £200 fixed penalty notice for households that breach their duty of care in relation to the disposal of household waste. A prosecution could attract a £5,000 fine in the Magistrates Court and an unlimited fine in the Crown Court.

"Reasonable steps to take include:

  • asking the waste carrier to provide you with their full address and telephone number
  • asking to see their waste carrier licence issued by the Environment Agency
  • contacting the Environment Agency directly on 0870 850 6506 and ask for a free instant Waste Carrier Validation Check, alternatively you can check online on the Environment Agency website
Wednesday, 03 November 2021 08:30

Remembrance Services 2021 - Sunday 14 November

The following notice has been circulated by the Council and we are pleased to reproduce it here:

Remembrance Sunday falls on 14 November in 2021 and is an opportunity for us to remember the Armed Forces, and their families, from Britain and the Commonwealth, and the vital role played by the emergency services and those that have lost their lives because of conflict or terrorism.

Whilst we are delighted to see the return of wreath laying ceremonies at each of Spelthorne’s memorials this year. In view of the pandemic, they have been scaled back with the ambition that they will return to full capacity in November 2022.

Details of each of the events is available on the website: click here

Please note that the services may be impacted by changing Coronavirus precautions. Please check the latest situation 24 hours before the day.

Poppy Appeal

It has been another particularly difficult year for service charities with fundraising significantly down on previous years. As such we are keen to support This year's Poppy Appeal which launches on Thursday 28 October.

You can pick up your poppy at the Council offices at Knowle Green, at the check-out of all major supermarkets as well as online or at branches of Lloyds Bank and Santander.

Wednesday, 03 November 2021 08:28

Spelthorne Council - Budget Consultation

Spelthorne Borough Council is inviting people who live and work in the Borough to give their views on the proposals for the Council's 2022/2023 budget and beyond. All participants of this consultation will be entered into a prize draw to win a year's membership at Spelthorne or Sunbury Leisure Centre.

This is an opportunity for everyone who uses the Council's services to input into this important process and give their views on where they think Spelthorne should be focusing its resources. The aim is to plan future budgets that meet the needs of the community, protect key services and maintain financial stability during these challenging times.

The consultation asks for views on Spelthorne's financial strategy, key issues and options, proposed service provision and future Council Tax levels.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Lawrence Nichols, said: "This is an important opportunity for residents and businesses to help shape our budget and priorities for future years. We want to know if you agree with our spending plans and hear your views on the best way we can support everyone in our community. 

"There are huge pressures on the Council's finances, but we are committed to setting a balanced and sustainable budget which will protect the services on which residents and businesses rely." 

The consultation runs from 1 November - 28 November 2021. To take part visit https://spelthorne.inconsult.uk/

Alternatively, if you would like a printed copy of the consultation sent to you, email your postal address to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01784 444260.

Monday, 01 November 2021 09:55

Nitrous Oxide - No Laughing Matter

Readers may remember that the Council conducted a public consultation regarding the posseession of nitrous oxide at the beginning of the year and was advertised on this site on 21st January.
 
The Council is now informing residents that a Public Space Protection Order is in effect which prohibits the possession of nitrous oxide within Spelthorne unless for lawful purposes i.e. catering.
 
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